Monday, December 21, 2015

Gifting yourself this holiday season

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The final countdown to Christmas is upon us- can you believe it? Everyone knows how hard moms work this time of year to make the holidays extra special for everyone. There's just so much to do besides just shopping for Christmas presents. You also have to think about food, guests, cleaning the house for said guests, and so much more. Plus, the kids are home from school for their holiday break while mom is rushing around the house trying to get everything done on time. It's madness, I tell you! 

In the midst of all that madness, I still want to look good, which is why it's important to stop and take a break for myself every once in a while. When I get really stressed out I usually retreat to the tub. A nice, long soak in my jetted tub is usually the perfect little escape and I always feel better afterward. This time of year though, I like to make it extra special and reward myself a little for taking care of everyone else during the holidays. Sometimes a really long, luxurious bath is in order with some of my favorite P&G beauty products from Costco and a yummy DIY sugar scrub to help me get super soft, silky legs. I don't want to feel any stubble when I slip on my favorite dress this Christmas! It's time to give those legs some pampering.


DIY Coffee + Vanilla Sugar Scrub

Ingredients:
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup ground coffee
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Melt the coconut oil in the microwave, carefully. You don't want the oil to get hot to where it's going to melt the sugar- just get it warm enough to liquefy. Add the sugar, coffee, and vanilla and mix until combined. Put sugar scrub in a glass jar for storing and enjoy! (also makes a great gift!)


Now, here's how to pamper and treat yourself with a nice bath and silky smooth legs, even the middle of winter, using the sugar scrub, and a few of favorites to shave with: Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and the Venus Swirl razor (both available at Costco!) 

First, fill the tub. I like to get the water as hot as possible so that I can soak as long as possible without the water getting too cold. Bubble bath or bath oil is up to you- I prefer to skip it because I want to turn on the jets. Make sure all of your bathing essentials are close by- towels, shampoo & conditioner if you're washing your hair, the Olay body wash, a poof or loofah, the sugar scrub, and Venus Swirl razor. 


Create some ambiance. This part is totally optional- sometimes there just isn't time for that or I'm just not in the mood. But if you're feeling like it, light some candles, and put on some relaxing music (or your latest Netflix favorite, if you're like me). If you're a mom, lock the door and consider posting a sign outside that says "go away." 

Soak! Get in and relax for at least 10 or 15 minutes. Then wash up with some Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash. Normally, body wash dries my skin out in the winter, but this one is rich and made with shea butter, so it actually puts moisture back into my skin. 

Scrub. Use a spoonful of the sugar scrub to scrub your legs really well using circular motions, starting at the ankles and working your way up to your thighs. This is essential to a good shave, especially if you've been skipping the razor lately.

Rinse, then shave. Rinse the sugar scrub off, leaving behind some of the coconut oil. This is perfect for shaving with, combined with the water-active MoistureGlide serum on the Venus Swirl razor. This 5 blade razor contours perfectly to areas like the ankle and knees for a flawless shave. The 8 cartridge pack from Costco is a great deal too!


When you're ready to get out, pat your legs off with a clean towel and rub in any remaining coconut oil. Sometimes I don't even have to apply lotion afterwards because my legs are still so soft from the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash and coconut oil. Those two together, with the help of the Venus Swirl razor, will give you smoother legs than you thought possible in the middle of winter. 

I found the Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (available in warehouse) and the Venus Swirl at my local Costco. I love buying my favorite tried and true  P&G health and beauty products at Costco- it saves me so much time and money buying them in bulk. I love always having an extra in the cupboard so I don't have to go without. Plus, when I have extra guests around for the holidays, I know I'll never run out and I've got extras in case anyone needs to borrow something. I love being a prepared host!


What's your favorite way to gift yourself during the stressful holiday season? Make sure it involves stocking up on these items

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